- Rapid City community garden working to save monarchs Updated: Jul-03-15 6:34 pm
RAPID CITY, South Dakota - A community garden in Rapid City is working with an international nonprofit organization to help preserve the monarch butterfly.
- Solar plane lands in Hawaii after record-breaking flight Updated: Jul-03-15 6:07 pm
KAPOLEI, Hawaii - A plane powered by the sun's rays landed in Hawaii Friday after a record-breaking five-day journey across the Pacific Ocean from Japan.
- Bat in Boise tests positive for rabies Updated: Jul-03-15 5:49 pm
BOISE, Idaho - Idaho health officials say a bat found in Boise has tested positive for rabies.
- E. coli testing begins at Traverse City-area beaches Updated: Jul-03-15 5:04 pm
TRAVERSE CITY, Michigan - Jack Nowland poured water into blister-pack-shaped trays, readying the small containers for an incubator and eventually for viewing under a black light.
- Crews working wildfires in southern Nevada, near Lake Tahoe Updated: Jul-03-15 4:55 pm
LAS VEGAS - Fire crews are making progress on a dozen small wildfires in southern Nevada, with an end likely in sight for the fire south of Lake Tahoe near the California border that has been burning for weeks.
- Port Board approves stevedore license Updated: Jul-03-15 4:44 pm
LAKE CHARLES, Louisiana - Lake Charles Port Board has approved a stevedore license for New Orleans-based Coastal Cargo.
- Lion cubs en route to Jordan sanctuary check into Gaza hotel Updated: Jul-03-15 2:28 pm
RAFAH, Gaza Strip - Gaza's militant Hamas rulers on Friday allowed a pair of lion cubs en route to a wildlife sanctuary in Jordan back into the Palestinian coastal strip after the animals and their entourage had been stuck for several hours on no-man's land at a Gaza-Israel border crossing.
- European temps climb, pope gives thanks for some rain Updated: Jul-03-15 2:20 pm
PARIS - Europeans struggled Friday to find relief from unusually high temperatures, but the U.N. weather agency said the continent is better prepared than ever to avoid major heat casualties.
- New York agency issues permits for removing invasive species Updated: Jul-03-15 2:00 pm
ALBANY, New York - The Adirondack Park Agency has approved two general permits for removing non-native plants and animals from the 6 million acres of state forests and wilderness and privately owned land in northern New York.
- Florida Panhandle zoo owners say violations have been fixed Updated: Jul-03-15 1:59 pm
GULF BREEZE, Florida - The owners of a Florida Panhandle zoo are responding to a federal complaint accusing them of failing to properly care for their animals.
- Farmers go high-tech in bid to reduce bay pollution Updated: Jul-03-15 1:49 pm
DENTON, Maryland - The fields near here are lush and green, but farmer Kyle Hutchison wanted to give his corn crop one last dose of plant food before the chest-high stalks grew too tall to treat.
- New lighting system to illuminate Statue of Liberty Updated: Jul-03-15 1:21 pm
NEW YORK - Lady Liberty is getting some new lights.
- Shark bites Australian surfer's board a day after attack Updated: Jul-03-15 1:17 pm
SYDNEY - A shark bit a terrified surfer's board on Friday near the Australian coastal town where another surfer was mauled a day earlier, police said.
- Patagonia founder, others, sue over Grand Teton road paving Updated: Jul-03-15 1:15 pm
CHEYENNE, Wyoming - The founder of the Patagonia outdoor clothing company and a well-known wildlife photographer are among those suing over plans by a subdivision where they're property owners to pave a private road in Grand Teton National Park.
- Judge to hear request to halt ocean blasting research plan Updated: Jul-03-15 1:01 pm
ATLANTIC CITY, New Jersey - A federal judge will hear arguments this month by fishing groups who want him to shut down a research project that involves blasting the ocean floor off the coast of New Jersey with sound waves.
- Green movement coloring way sports looks at environment Updated: Jul-03-15 12:33 pm
CHICAGO - Andrew Ference was at the beginning of his NHL career when he met Dr. David Suzuki, who hosts a TV show in Canada. The conversation with the award-winning scientist changed the life of the young defenseman.
- Shop local campaign kicks off in Rhode Island Updated: Jul-03-15 12:14 pm
PROVIDENCE, Rhode Island - More than 60 locally owned shops and restaurants are offering special discounts this week as part of a new "shop local" campaign.
- Bentley says oil spill settlement won't solve budget crisis Updated: Jul-03-15 11:53 am
MONTGOMERY, Alabama - Alabama lawmakers looking for the funds to fix the state's cash-strapped general fund might have to thank BP.
- Efforts to reduce vulture population at dam see success Updated: Jul-03-15 11:35 am
BULL SHOALS, Arkansas - Workers have succeeded in dropping the number of vultures roosting near Bull Shoals Dam from about 300 to 40 since June 22, a spokesman for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers said Thursday.
- Could searchers' sonars have missed wreckage of Flight 370? Updated: Jul-03-15 11:14 am
CANBERRA, Australia - Amid rising frustrations over the expensive, so-far fruitless search for vanished Malaysia Airlines Flight 370, experts are questioning the competence of the company in charge, including whether crews may have passed over the sunken wreckage without even noticing.
- Clark County issues air quality advisory for Fourth of July Updated: Jul-03-15 10:28 am
LAS VEGAS - Clark County has issued an air quality advisory due to anticipated smoke from Fourth of July fireworks.
- Beijing says its air pollution better in first half of 2015 Updated: Jul-03-15 7:43 am
BEIJING - Air quality in Beijing, notorious for its smoggy sky, improved during the first six months of 2015, the city government said.
- US official: China, US working to end ivory trade Updated: Jul-03-15 7:01 am
BEIJING - The United States and China want to increase cooperation in fighting wildlife trafficking and are working to end commercial ivory trading, a U.S. Cabinet secretary said Friday.
- Minnesota officials warn of toxic algae after child sickened Updated: Jul-03-15 6:19 am
ALEXANDRIA, Minnesota - Minnesota health officials are warning of the dangers of toxic blue-green algae after they say a child was taken to a hospital after swimming in a central Minnesota lake that had the bacteria.
- New Apache-Sitgreaves deputy forest supervisor named Updated: Jul-03-15 6:13 am
SPRINGERVILLE, Arizona - The Apache-Sitgreaves National Forests have a new deputy forest supervisor.